SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 5, 2005
MAKE THE FELL ST. BIKE LANES PERMANENT! - HEARING MONDAY
If you're wild about the Fell St. bike lanes between Scott & Baker Streets (and what urban bicyclist isn't?!), we could use your help next week to make sure they stay put. You may remember that when the Fell St. bike lanes passed, (after years of SFBC members' pushing and prodding), they were only approved as a trial measure. Well, we think they work just great, and so does the City, who is recommending that they be made permanent. We need a few supporters to help make that case this Monday, January 10th at 1pm at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee hearing at City Hall, Room 263. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BIKE LANES ON 14TH ST., FULTON, AND OAKDALE START DOWN APPROVAL PATH
BIKE LANES ON 14TH ST., FULTON, AND OAKDALE START DOWN APPROVAL PATH: Two of the top 20 projects to come out of the Bike Plan Update process -- 14th St. and Oakdale bike lanes -- are now moving through the political approval process. Uphill bike lanes on Fulton St., using existing street width, are also included in the package. You'll be hearing more about these projects over the coming weeks, but next week there is an opportunity to support these new lanes at City Hall. There will be a DPT public hearing on Friday, January 14th at 10am in Room 416 at City Hall. We'd like to find a few members who ride on these streets to attend to support the projects. For more information, please contact email@example.com
NEW CONTRA-FLOW BICYCLE LANE PLANNED FOR GG PARK
The Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) has been working with the Recreation and Park Department to seek approval for a contra-flow bike lane running from Arguello to JFK Dr. along Conservatory Dr. East behind the Conservatory of Flowers. The new lane would be only the second contra-flow bike lane in San Francisco (the other one is in the Presidio). Contra-flow bicycle lanes are one of several innovative bike facility designs recommended in the Bike Plan Update process, and they provide two-way access for bicyclists on one-way streets. (The SFBC is also advocating for a contra-flow lane on Polk St. between Market and Grove, which we'll tell you more about soon.) A hearing on the GG Park contra-flow lane (one of several steps in the approval process) is scheduled at the Operations Committee of the Rec/ Park Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 5th at 2pm in Room 416 at City Hall. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org And thanks to DPT for their work on this project.
VALENCIA STREET CLOSED BETWEEN MCCOPPIN AND DUBOCE THIS WEEK
We've been notified by the City that the Central Freeway contractor will be closing Valencia Street between Duboce Avenue and McCoppin Street for 5 consecutive days - from 4:00 am Tuesday Jan. 4, 2005, to 5:00 pm Saturday Jan. 8, 2005. The Contractor will be erecting the bridge steel girders for the span over Valencia Street (enjoy the clear view of Valencia while you still have the chance). Construction workers have been allowing cyclists to use the pedestrian passageway under the elevated freeway under construction, though be sure to follow instructions and use caution at all times. More info. by e-mail at email@example.com
VOLUNTEER AS A CROSSING GUARD, FELL/MASONIC IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE
We still need volunteers to cover open shifts to be a crossing guard and protect pedestrian and bicycle right-of-way at the Masonic crossing of the Panhandle Pathway. The DPT is set to make improvements to the intersection in February if the Board of Supervisors approves the removal of three parking spaces on Fell St., as expected. The improvements include making the crosswalk more bold with ladder-style stripes, providing an advance signal phase for cyclists and pedestrians, and the removal of parking along Fell to improve visibility. Depending on how successful these initial improvements are, we will be requesting that the City implement a "Phase 2" design, which was identified in the Bike Plan Update process and which would stop left turning cars with a red left turn arrow while cyclists and pedestrians cross during a safe, conflict-free phase. To volunteer for an evening shift as a crossing guard Monday thru Friday from 4:30-6:30pm, e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SFBC office at 415-431-BIKE ext. 23
LAST CHANCE FOR FEBRUARY/ MARCH TUBE TIMES CONTENT
Want to have your ride listed in the February/ March Tube Times? Have some burning bike news that you want to get out to 10,000 SF cyclists? Have a letter to the editor that must be printed? The final deadline for the February/March Tube Times is this Friday, January 7th. Please send all content as soon as possible to Michelle Thatcher, our trusty editor at email@example.com
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